Oscar-winner Jordan Peele (“Get Out,” “Us”) continues to carve out his own unique film genre with “Nope.” It’s never just horror, nor is it all comedy. It’s the perfect blend of those elements and more, over a strange and unusual plot that’s always just shy of something we have seen before.

“Nope” has more layering than his previous two films combined. It’s not without its pacing issues and patience-testing in the first act, but Peele takes the audience on a wild ride that redefines the cowboys-and-aliens subgenre. Christopher Nolan’s go-to-cinematographer, Hoyte Van Hoytema, directs the photography and does some glorious camera work here.

Dustin Chase is a film critic and associate editor with Texas Art & Film, which is based in Galveston. Visit texasartfilm.com.

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